NCAA First Round Predictions 2013

Thirty-two games over the next two days. Sixteen per day. It's basketball heaven. Sure, some of the games will stink (1-seed vs 16-seed anyone?), but some of them will come down to the wire and exceed expectations. It all begins Thursday and continues on through Friday, Saturday, and Sunday with the first and second rounds of the tournament. 

The first two rounds take place Friday and Saturday (no, NCAA, we won't refer to the four play-in games as first round games). Here are 3 things to look out for on the first two days of the tournament:

1. There will be two buzzer beaters: 

This is mostly wishful thinking, but I think at least four or five games will come down to the wire, and I'm counting on two of them to be won on last second shots. That's high expectations, but why not hope for it? Las Vegas even set up this category as a prop bet: "There will be ZERO buzzer-beaters during the second-round (Thursday-Friday) games (-140)" I'd bet against that one, even though it might not be a great value bet.

2. More than three double digit seeds will win: 

Also wishful thinking, but look out for some upsets this year. The regular season was filled with parody, why wouldn't the tournament be as well? 

3. Gus Johnson will be missed: 

This is in direct correlation with the first two predictions. If four double digit seeds win and there are two buzzer-beaters, we will all miss the amazing announcing of Gus Johnson. Luckily, the basketball will speak for itself. 

This year's NCAA Tournament games are being broadcast on CBS, truTV, TNT, and TBS. If you don't have access to a TV, however, no fret. If you want to watch online you can head to March Madness Live for live streaming or to download the app on your tablet or mobile device. 

For a full look at the bracket, Click for a printable NCAA Bracket

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Liam Boylan-Pett

Liam is a culture writing intern at PolicyMic. His work has appeared in "Running Times" and other running publications. He is also a professional middle-distance runner for the New Jersey-New York Track Club. After graduating from Columbia University with his bachelor's degree, he earned a Master's of Professional Studies in Journalism from Georgetown University. Originally from Bath, Mich, he spends his time watching TV, reading longform journalism, and thinking about who is going to be in the NCAA basketball tournament's Final Four.

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